This page will provide all the basic information needed to get up and running with Project64.
The minimum requirements for:
- 650MHz Intel Pentium III / AMD Athlon XP CPU
- 128MB RAM
- DirectX 8.1 GPU (at least ATI Radeon 8500 / Nvidia GeForce 4200)
- 15MB disk space for emulator, additional 4-64MB per game
- Windows XP
The requirements necessary for:
- all plugins (such as Glide64 and z64gl) to function correctly
- most games to play at full speed with the default plugins
- Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64 CPU (64-bit is not required)
- 1GB RAM
- DirectX 9.0c / OpenGL 2.1 GPU (at least AMD Radeon HD4000 series / Nvidia GeForce 9000 series / Intel HD Graphics)
- 5GB disk space (emulator & additional data + game library)
- Windows 7
- Aero disabled
Step 1: Downloading
Look for the latest "Project64 Git" at http://www.emucr.com/search/label/N64. Downloading the adware-riddled version from the official site is not recommended. You will also want to download 7-Zip (http://7-zip.org) in order to extract the EmuCR archives. Using 7-Zip, extract the contents of the archive to a folder of your choice. Once that is complete, open Project64.exe.
Nintendo 64 games are stored in files known as ROMs. These can be downloaded from the internet. The legal status of these is disputed, but Nintendo earns no revenue regardless of whether you download a ROM or buy a secondhand cartridge, so this makes no sense. This was mainly an issue before 2003, when Nintendo 64 games and hardware were still on sale. But anyway, as a precaution, ROM sites will not be listed here, but Google is your friend.
Step 2: Language selection
This is the first window that will pop up. Select your desired language from the list.
Optional Step: Settings
If there is anything you want to configure, see the Config Guide. If you just want to play, skip this step.
Step 3: Loading a game
Loading a game can be achieved in two ways. Head to the File menu, and select either...
- Open ROM: Find your game through the window that pops up.
- Choose ROM Directory: Choose the folder where your games are located. They will then appear in the ROM Browser. Double click on a game to load it.
Step 4: Play Your Game!